Wild Dog Safari Namibia
Scheduled Safari Departures

18 Day combination
(3 days south, 7 days north & 8 day Delta & Falls)

Departure Dates: on request
Price: on request
Departure on Tuesday
Last day on Friday (Livingstone) & Sunday (Windhoek)

This safari has a guaranteed departure on Thursdays.  There are no minimum numbers and no single supplements.  The price is virtually fully inclusive, the style is limited participation, assisted camping and there are three accommodated nights included in the itinerary, in Windhoek (day 3 and day 10) and one in Swakopmund, (day 9).  Collection time is 08:00 and 08:30 from anywhere within the Windhoek city limits. It is possible to make this into a 20 day trip and transfer back to Windhoek with your guide after the end of the 18 day section of the safari.

Day one
Windhoek - Sesriem (450 km) (BLD) (camping)

We travel out over the Eros Mountains and along scenic roads, on our way south-west to the desert.  We also pass over part of the Naukluft Mountains the Khomas Hochland range on our journey today and head down from Namibia’s central plateau by way of the beautiful Remhoogte Pass.  Coming out of the mountains we reach open plains and from here it is only a short distance to our next stop, the tiny town of Solitaire.  We will stop here for some refreshments before continuing on through desert scenery.

We cross some open grass savannah and farmlands before the terrain begins to give way to the immense red sand dune desert of the Namib. We aim to arrive at Sesriem during the late afternoon and we have time to drive out to one of the nearby dunes to watch the colours on distant mountains to the east, glow and change.

Day two
Sesriem - Sossusvlei - Sesriem (150 km) (BLD) (camping)

A pre-dawn start to see the sunrise in the dunes.  We drive a further 60 km into the desert and have our breakfast as the colours grow across the landscape. To reach Sossusvlei itself we walk for the last 5 km through the dunes.  The walk is like nothing else, in the cool of the morning, with soft sunlight just beginning to play over the dunes creating a sharp light and shadow contrast across the whole desert.  Ancient mineral pans, stunted camel horn trees and the chance of seeing a gemsbok or maybe an ostrich make the photo opportunities perfect. 

We spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei, also visiting “dune 45”, and as the day wears on we return to Sesriem for lunch and to escape the heat of the afternoon.  As the day cools off in the late afternoon we will take a short excursion to the Sesriem Canyon.

 Day three
Sesriem - Windhoek (450 km) (BL)

After breakfast we begin our journey, over the mountains and along scenic roads, back to Windhoek.  We will travel back by different roads, this time climbing up to Windhoek and travelling by way of the massive Gamsberg Pass in the Khomas Hochland Mountain Range on our way back to civilization. We are due back into the city around 16:00 and you will be dropped off at your accommodation on our return.  This night’s accommodation is included in the price of the safari but dinner tonight will be for the client’s own account in a local restaurant.

 Day four
Windhoek – Okonjima (300 km) (LD) (camping)

You will be collected from your accommodation between 08:30 & 09:00.  We will travel north, stopping at small towns along the way including Okahandja, where we have time to visit Namibia’s largest wood carving market.  The market is operated on a local co-operative basis and is one of the best places to shop for truly Namibian souvenirs. Continuing north, passing through farmland, we aim to arrive at Okonjima during the middle afternoon, giving us time to set up our camp and to relax in the shade for a while before heading out on to the property to take part in the afternoon’s activities.
Okonjima is the home of the Africat Foundation, a specialist conservation concern that centres its operations around the African Big Cats, particularly cheetah.  This afternoon you will be taken on a tour during which you will be able to meet, close-up-and-personal, some of the cheetah that are going through the Africat rehabilitation programme.  Most of the animals currently living at Okonjima have been rescued from various desperate situations, being orphaned or caught in a trap, and the aim of rehabilitation process is to attempt to re-introduce them into the wild.
After our educational tour we will return our accommodation and prepare for dinner under the African stars.

Day five
Okonjima - Namutoni, Etosha National Park (300 km) (BLD)
(camping)

An early start and continuing north we pass through some small towns, making short stops for fresh supplies and fuel.  Our first main port of call today is the mysterious Lake Otjikoto. Otjikoto is in fact Namibia's largest permanent natural lake and we take time here to rest a little and learn something about the history of this unusual landmark. Continuing on to Namutoni camp in Etosha National Park we again aim to arrive in time for lunch, giving us time to relax before heading out into the park during the cool of the late afternoon for our first game drive. 

After your evening meal there are still more chances to see Etosha's big game at Namutoni's floodlit waterhole.  Situated on the boundary of Namutoni and easily reachable on foot, elephants are regular visitors here and there is a good chance of seeing other species of game as well.

Day six
Namutoni - Okaukuejo, Etosha National Park (BLD) (camping)

A full day's game driving.  We again leave early to enjoy the cool morning air as we game drive our way through Etosha to Halali camp, situated in the middle of the park.  Along the way we visit several waterholes and are afforded splendid views of the massive Etosha Pan.  The game viewing is usually excellent and we have the chance to tick off a few new species that are not normally seen on the Namutoni side of the park. We stop at Halali for a rest and a leisurely lunch.  There is time to visit the Halali waterhole and to make use of the swimming pool and bar facilities before continuing on our way and game driving down to Okaukuejo. Okaukuejo is famous for its waterhole, which has been described as one of the "best game viewing opportunities in Southern Africa".  Situated on the doorstep of our accommodation, black rhino, elephant, lion and numerous species of antelope are usually seen.

 Day seven
Okaukuejo – Oase Himba Village, Kamanjab (300 km) (BLD) (camping)

Leaving Etosha we begin our journey south with a relatively short drive to the small town of Kamanjab where we will make a short stop here before continuing on to find the Himba Tribesmen. This is the only traditionally functioning Himba community outside the far north Kaokoland region of Namibia These tribes-people have migrated here, lifestyle and customs intact, and are following their traditional way-of-life in their village on a farm.  Oase Village is located about 15 to 20 km outside Kamanjab, the exact location of the site varies as the Himba occasionally roam to a new location. During the afternoon we will be invited into Oase Village and will meet with the locals.  We will have a specialist guide for the time we are there, who will be able to translate for us and will introduce us to this “alternative lifestyle”.  We will learn about marriage customs, traditional food and the mysteries of the local religion, “Holy Fire”. 

Day eight
Oase Village – Brandberg Mountain (400 km) (BLD)
(camping) 

Today we head into one of the most beautiful desert regions in Namibia, Damaraland.  We drive south to the capital of this region, the small town of Khorixas, and then take a detour to the west, travelling via the Petrified Forest geological site, to visit the ancient Bushman rock engravings at Twyfelfontein.  At both these locations we will have local guides to conduct us on a short guided tour. From here we head deeper into the desert to Namibia’s highest mountain, The Brandberg, (2573 m).  Brandberg Mountain is an ancient Bushman spiritual site and tonight we will sleep under the shadow of this giant granite monolith.

Day nine
Brandberg Mountain – Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast (250 km) (BL)
(chalet accommodation) 

Starting early to enjoy the cool of the morning we will hike, “into” the mountain with our guide to see the world famous “White Lady” rock painting.  Attributed to the Bushman artists, the white lady panel is believed by some to be in excess of 20 000 years old. Back on the road for more beautiful Damaraland scenery.  We make our first stop in the small town of Uis, an old mining town, and one of the best places to buy semi-precious stones, for which Namibia is famous.  Here, rough Amethyst, Tourmaline etc can be found at bargain prices. From here we turn directly west and cross the “gravel plains” on our way to the Atlantic Ocean and the Skeleton Coast.  Meeting the ocean at Henties Bay, we first head north along the coast to visit the seal colony at Cape Cross.  Here at certain times of the year there can be as many as 100,000 Cape Fur seals in attendance.  The next destination is Swakopmund, following the Skeleton Coast into Namibia's premier seaside town.  We aim to arrive in the late afternoon giving us time to explore the town on foot before sunset. Tonight we take the chance to sample one of the excellent restaurants.  The seafood in Swakopmund is superb.  Your guide will offer to organise a group meal in a local restaurant for this evening.  Participation is recommended but by no means required. Dinner this evening in not included in the price of the safari and will be for the client’s own account. 

Day ten
Swakopmund - Windhoek (BL) (350 km) 

The drive back to Windhoek today will take about 4 and a half hours.  We will only depart after lunch, giving us time to spend the morning relaxing in Swakopmund.  Swakopmund is a very pleasant seaside town with lots of shops, a good stretch of beach (although the Atlantic here is quite cold) and an open-air curio market.  There is also a very good museum and the Namibian National Marine Aquarium is located in Swakopmund. Alternatively, there are various optional activities that can be arranged.  These include aeroplane and microlight flights over the desert, scenic drives, fishing trips (both from the beach or in a boat), four-wheel motorcycle (quad bike) trips into the desert and over the sand dunes around Swakopmund, sand boarding trips (also in the dunes), skydiving, surfing, bird-watching and many other activities are available.   Your tour guide will discuss all the possible options with you before you reach Swakopmund and will offer to make bookings in advance of your arrival.  (N.B.  All extra activities and excursions in Swakopmund are subject to availability and are made at the clients’ own risk and expense).
We are due back into the city around 16:00 and you will be dropped off at your accommodation on our return.  This night’s accommodation is included in the price of the safari but dinner tonight will be for the client’s own account in a local restaurant.

Day eleven
Windhoek – Ghanzi, Kalahari, Botswana (600 km) (LD) (camping)

You will be collected from your accommodation between 07:30 and 08:00.  A long drive today, making use of the Trans-Kalahari-Highway, a relatively new road that provides an invaluable communication link between Namibia, Botswana and South Africa.  The road takes us first to the small town of Gobabis, one of the main livestock farming centres of Namibia, and then on to the border with Botswana. After completing the immigration formalities we continue, through rural Botswana to the town of Ghanzi, located in the centre of cattle farming Botswana.  Ghanzi is located almost in the middle of the Kalahari Desert and was almost unknown before the Trans Kalahari Highway. 

Day twelve
Ghanzi – Okavango Delta (450 km) (BLD) (camping)

An early start and a quick stop in Ghanzi to collect any last minute supplies before continuing west, traversing the linear dunes of the Kalahari and passing through small towns along the way.  A change in vegetation heralds our arrival on the very western edge of one of the natural wonders of the world, the Okavango Delta. Here we turn north for some way before again pointing our wheels west as we enter the Delta proper.  We see our first glimpse of the crystal waters through the lush vegetation and we make our camp on the banks of a pristine African lagoon.

Day thirteen
Okavango Delta (BLD) (camping) 

We are in the territory of the River People, so this morning we leave our vehicle behind and travel in a more appropriate fashion, first by motor-boat and then by traditional mokoro (dugout canoe), deep into the Delta. Mokoro’s will be our main form of transport for the next two days.  These amazing traditional craft are perfectly designed for the narrow waterways of the Okavango and allow us to travel further into the Delta than if we were using more modern forms of transport.  Mokoros carry three people, two seated passengers and one driver.  The driver stands in the rear of the canoe, (a real feat of balance), and uses a long wooden pole to propel and steer the mokoro through the twisting channels.  It really is the only way to travel. Back to camp in the late afternoon for another night by the Okavango waters.

Day fourteen
Okavango Delta – Caprivi, Namibia (350 km) (BLD) (camping)

Back on the road today, destination Namibia.  Passport formalities completed we go directly into the Mahango Game Reserve, a small but excellent park right on the edge of the Okavango River.  We game drive our way through Mahango and have the chance to spot rarely seen Namibian species such as roan the majestic sable antelope. Our camp for tonight is just outside the Game Reserve, and we are again beside the Okavango, but this time the main river, on its journey from the Angolan highlands, through the pan handle to waters end, the delta.

Day fifteen
Caprivi, Namibia (200km) (BLD) (camping)

The Caprivi Strip is a long narrow stretch of territory running along the Botswana’s northern border.  It is a landscape of broadleaf forest with many small communities dotted along our route.  The locals in this area are the Kavango people and we make a cultural visit to a local community.  The people here have taken the initiative to establish a traditional “kraal” which will be opened for us and we will give a guided tour. We have the chance to gain a significant insight into the local customs and culture, including demonstrations of traditional medicine and superstition. From here it is only a short drive to our camp for the night, also operated as a community project, located on the banks of the Kwando River in a beautifull setting.  There is a craft market nearby where you can shop for truly Namibian souvenirs.

Day sixteen
Caprivi Strip – Kasane, Botswana (300 km) (BLD) (camping)

We finish our long transit of the Caprivi region this morning when we arrive in Namibia’s easternmost town, Katima Mulilo.  A short break here before crossing back across the border into Botswana.  The road takes us directly into the world famous Chobe National Park.  Chobe has the world’s largest population of African Elephants and the chances of seeing some big game are very good as we transit through the park to the small town of Kasane.  We make camp in the grounds of a local lodge, right on the banks for the Chobe River. Time to relax in the afternoon before joining a river boat cruise, back into the park.  From the boat we will have the chance to see a huge amount of wild game, both on the river banks and in the waters swirling around us.
Crocodiles and hippos abound in the forbidding Chobe River and on the land side there is often a kaleidoscope of different antelope and species such as elephant, buffalo and even the Big Cats come to the river banks for their sun-downer drink.  The Chobe River provides a very broad habitat for bird life and it is possible to see many beautifull species of our feathered friends. 

Day seventeen
Kasane – Livingstone, Zambia (100 km) (BL) (camping)

Another border crossing today, we drive out of Kasane to Kazangula ferry depot and complete our Botswanan exit formalities.  We cross the Chobe on the local ferry boat, enter Zambia and from here it is a short drive to the town of Livingstone.  Named after the famous British missionary and explorer Dr. David Livingstone, the town is a bustling African centre.  We make our camp on the banks of the Zambezi River and have time to explore the town and to visit the might Victoria Falls. The views of the waterfall from the Zambian bank are fantastic, there are many small paths and lookout points to explore.  This afternoon your guide will help you organise the many optional activities available in Livingstone.  These include white water rafting, bungi jumping, other excursions on the river and scenic flights to mention but a few.
Dinner tonight will be in a local restaurant at the client’s own expense.
NB:  All extra activities are subject to availability and are done at the clients own risk and expense.

Day eighteen
Livingstone (B)


After breakfast the safari is finished.  Your guide will be able to offer advice on other travel plans you have in this region.  We pack up our campsite.
For clients transferring back to Windhoek tomorrow this is a free day for you to explore the area or to take part in optional activities.  Lunch and dinner are not included in the price of the trip.  Your guide will arrange a time to collect you for the return journey in the morning.  You will keep your tent for tonight and this nights camping is included in the price of the safari. 

Day nineteen
Livingstone – Rundu, Namibia (700 km) (BLD) (camping)

An early start and a long drive.  We are in transit only and will not be stopping to take in the sights along the way.  We will traverse the Caprivi Strip and will spend the night near the small town of Rundu in northern Namibia.  We camp in the grounds of a lodge on the banks for the Okavango River, looking into Angola on the far river bank. Dinner tonight will be in the restaurant at the lodge and is included in the price.

 Day twenty
Rundu – Windhoek (800 km) (BL) 

Another early start and another long drive.  We head south through Kavango Province, down through the towns of Grootfontein, Otjiwarongo and Okahandja before reaching our final destination, Windhoek. There will be stops at some of the local woodcarving stalls as well as the market at Okahandja before arriving in the city. We are due back into the city in the late afternoon and you will be dropped off at your accommodation on our return.  Tonight the accommodation is not included in the price of the safari. 

Wild Dog Safaris
10 Day North & South Combination Safari
Assisted Camping Safari
Guaranteed departures every Thursday of the year, all year.

It is strongly recommended that you purchase comprehensive personal travel insurance before you embark on your safari.  Travel insurance is for your own protection and we consider it to be an essential part of modern international travel. Maximum group size is 16 people, with no minimum number.  Transport for up to 8 people will be in a minibus and for 9 people and more in a Toyota bus / truck.  The style of safari is limited participation, you will be asked to assist put up and take down your own tent, however there will be a camp assistant to complete all the other campsite chores. Your tour guide will do all the shopping, cooking and day-to-day organization of the safari.  Unless otherwise specified, all safaris will be conducted in English. 

Safaris include:                                                        Safaris exclude:

1.  All transport                                                             1.  Sleeping bag (can be hired)

2.  Three meals a day (unless differently specified)          2.  Alcoholic beverages

3.  Tap drinking water                                                   3.  Soft drinks

4.  Tea & coffee in camp                                               4.  Personal travel insurance

5.  All camping equipment

6.  Park entrance fees                                                    Useful items to bring with you:

7.  Camping fees                                                               1.  Two litre water bottle

8.  Professional guide                                                        2.  Torch

9.  Camp Assistant                                                            3.  Towel

10. Pick up & drop off from accommodation in Windhoek 4.  Sun hat       

We will collect you from your accommodation in Windhoek on the morning of departure.  Pick up time will be between 08:00 & 08:30. The tents are dome type, which are easy to assemble and your mattresses are approximately 5 cm thick with your own mattress cover, and everyone has a camp chair with a backrest. Clients are limited to one soft, barrel type bag per person with maximum weight of 15kg, one medium sized hand luggage bag, one medium sized camera bag and a sleeping bag.

We suggest a sleeping bag range of “3 – 4 season”.  Sleeping bags can be hired by prior arrangement for a cost of N$: 180.00 per 18 day trip and N$: 200:00 per 20 day trip. When packing your clothing please be aware that Namibian summer temperatures (December - March) can reach 45*c, and winter temperatures (June - September) can be as low as -5*c.  The rainy season is between December and April. All evening meals on camping safaris, (unless stipulated), are cooked on an open fire by your guide.  Salads and fresh vegetables will be served where possible, but please note in some areas this is not necessarily every day.  Fresh fruit will also be supplied when possible. Vegetarians can be catered for but please notify us prior to safari departure.
Namibia, Botswana and Zambia are all technically malarial areas and we recommend that you seek professional medical advice on malaria protection before travelling.
Tap water in Namibia, Botswana and Zambia has been purified or comes directly from boreholes and is safe to drink.  We supply tap drinking water but bottled mineral water is easily available at shops and rest camps should you prefer to drink this. The Namibian Dollar (N$) is tied permanently 1-1 to the South African Rand (SAR).  SAR, notes and coins are legal tender in Namibia.  In Botswana it will be necessary to carry some of the local “Pula” currency and in Zambia it is necessary to carry some of the local “Kwacha” currency. 

Airport transfers and pre-and-post safari accommodation can be arranged on request. It is customary to tip in Namibia, usually, around 10% at restaurants.  Your guide and assistant can be tipped at your own discretion and only for good service, but we ask that the guide be tipped separately from your assistant.

Delta & Dunes Safari 14 days
Departure Dates: on request
Price: on request
Departure on Thursday
Last day on Wednesday

 This safari has a guaranteed departure nearly every Saturday of the year.  There are no minimum numbers, no single supplements and we will operate the trip with only one booking if necessary.  The price is virtually fully inclusive, the style is limited participation, assisted camping and there are two accommodated nights included on the itinerary.  Collection time is between 07:30 & 08:00 from anywhere within the Windhoek city limits.

Day one
Windhoek – Ghanzi, Kalahari, Botswana (550 km) (LD) (camping)

A long drive today, making use of the Trans-Kalahari-Highway, a relatively new road that provides an invaluable communication link between Namibia, Botswana and South Africa.  The road takes us first to the small town of Gobabis, one of the main livestock farming centres of Namibia, and then on to the border with Botswana. After completing the immigration formalities we continue, through rural Botswana to the town of Ghanzi, located in the centre of cattle farming Botswana.  Ghanzi is located almost in the middle of the Kalahari Desert and was almost unknown before the Trans Kalahari Highway.

Day two
Ghanzi – Okavango Delta (450 km) (BLD) (camping)

An early start and a quick stop in Ghanzi to collect any last minute supplies before continuing west, traversing the linear dunes of the Kalahari and passing through small towns along the way. A change in vegetation heralds our arrival on the very western edge of one of the natural wonders of the world, the Okavango Delta.  Here we turn north for some way before again pointing our wheels west as we enter the Delta proper. We see our first glimpse of the crystal waters through the lush vegetation and we make our camp on the banks of a pristine African lagoon.

Day three
Okavango Delta (BLD) (camping) 

We are in the territory of the River People, so this morning we leave our vehicle behind and travel in a more appropriate fashion, first by motor-boat and then by traditional mokoro (dugout canoe), deep into the Delta. Mokoro’s will be our main form of transport for the next two days.  These amazing traditional craft are perfectly designed for the narrow waterways of the Okavango and allow us to travel further into the Delta than if we were using more modern forms of transport.  Mokoros carry three people, two seated passengers and one driver.  The driver stands in the rear of the canoe, (a real feat of balance), and uses a long wooden pole to propel and steer the mokoro through the twisting channels.  It really is the only way to travel. We are fully self sufficient and make our camps on the river banks and islands, under huge indigenous trees, sharing the environment with the local people and the local fauna of Africa.  The Okavango is a wildlife paradise and we will look for game from both our mokoros and on bush walks guided by local specialist guides, our polers.
NB:  The bathroom facilities in the Okavango Delta can be best described as rustic.  There is plenty of water but it is used, straight from the river, (well boiled first).  There is no electricity and we will enjoy bucket showers and basic toilet facilities.  These conditions will prevail for the two days on the islands. 

Day four
Okavango Delta (BLD) (camping)

Once established into our wilderness routine, we usually take a long, early morning bush walk to see the terrain and hopefully spot some Big Game, returning to camp in the mid morning for a cooked brunch. There is time to relax in the shade during the heat of the day and from most camps our polers will be able to take us to a safe swimming place to cool off. In the afternoons there is often a shorter walk or a mokoro cruise in the cool evening air.  Sunset from the river is not to be missed.

Day five
Okavango Delta (BLD) (camping)

The way of life of the Okavango River people has remained largely un-changed for hundreds of years.  It is a totally no-stress environment in a pure wilderness setting. We are heading back to our first camp today, gliding across the crystal waters, home to an amazing variety of bird life.  There is the chance to add crocodiles and even a hippopotamus to our list of creatures seen before making our final Okavango camp amongst the lush riverine bush. We will transfer back to camp in the motorboats and aim to be back on the lagoon, with full facilities by the early afternoon.  We enjoy a final night beside the unparralled Okavango Waters

 Day six
Okavango Delta – Rundu, Namibia (350 km) (BL) (camping)

Back on the road today, destination Namibia.  Passport formalities completed we go directly into the Mahango Game Reserve, a small but excellent park right on the edge of the Okavango River.  We game drive our way through Mahango and have the chance to spot rarely seen Namibian species such as roan and the majestic sable antelope. We now head west, through part of Namibia’s Caprivi Strip to our camp for tonight.  We are again beside the Okavango, but this time the main river, on its journey from the Angolan highlands, through the pan handle to waters end, the delta. Dinner tonight will be for the clients own expense in the restaurant at the lodge.

Day seven
Rundu – Namutoni, Etosha National Park (450 km) (BLD) (camping)

A short drive brings us to the northern Namibian town of Rundu where there is time to explore the local market before continuing down through the Kavango Region. There are a few breaks along the way at various kraals to see the local crafts and woodcarvings. Continuing on to Namutoni camp in Etosha National Park we aim to arrive in the middle afternoon, giving us time to relax a little before heading out into the park during the cool of the late afternoon for our first Etosha game drive. After your evening meal there are still more chances to see Etosha's game at Namutoni's floodlit waterhole.  Situated on the boundary of the camp and easily reachable on foot, elephants are regular visitors here and there is a good chance of seeing other species of big game as well.

Day eight
Namutoni (BLD) (camping)

We go straight out on an early morning game drive.  We visit some of the numerous waterholes in the area hoping to catch some of Etosha's big game out for an early morning drink.  The game drives around the Namutoni area are some of the best in the park. We cover several different terrains this morning, from wooded areas to open savannah and in the rainy season, wetland.  Back to Namutoni in the late morning and after lunch there is time once again to relax during the heat of the day.  The pool area here is very good, shaded by palm trees and a stone's throw away from the waterhole. As on day seven, we take a shorter game drive in the late afternoon, often driving out to one of the waterholes popular with game and waiting for the animals to come to us.

Day nine
Namutoni – Okaukuejo, Etosha National Park (BLD) (camping)

A full day's game driving.  We again leave early to enjoy the cool morning air.  We game drive our way through Etosha to Halali camp, situated in the middle of the park.  Along the way we visit several waterholes and are afforded splendid views of the massive Etosha Pan.  The game viewing is usually excellent and we have the chance to tick off a few new species that are not normally seen on the Namutoni side of the park. We stop at Halali for a rest and a leisurely lunch.  There is also time to visit the Halali waterhole and to make use of the swimming pool and bar facilities before continuing on our way and game driving down to Okaukuejo camp. Okaukuejo is famous for its waterhole, which has been described as one of the "best game viewing opportunities in Southern Africa".  Situated on the doorstep of our accommodation, black rhino, elephant, lion and numerous species of antelope are often seen.

Day ten
Okaukuejo – Twyfelfontien, Damaraland (400km) (BLD) (camping)

Leaving Etosha we are en route for the desert and the most scenic area of our safari.  We make a stop at a small town called Outjo where we can get coffee and sticky cakes at the local bakery.  We then drive west to Khorixas, the capital of the Damaraland region.  A short break here and then, leaving the sealed roads far behind us, we drive into the desert. We stop for lunch at the Petrified Forest geological site, where a local guide will take us around and explain about the prehistoric trees, before continuing on to Twyfelfontein. Damaraland scenery is some of the best in Namibia, open grasslands studded with massive granite koppies create the feeling of being surrounded by mountains.  We are well into desert elephant and black rhino country and other game such as springbok, ostrich and gemsbok are often seen.

We aim to arrive in the early afternoon and have time to relax in the shade before making a late afternoon excursion to Twyfelfontein itself.  Here, again, a local guide will introduce us to the ancient Bushman rock engravings or petroglyphs.  We also make a visit to another geological site in the area called the Organ Pipes. 

Day eleven
Twyfelfontien – Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast (400 km) (BL) (chalet accommodation)

More beautiful Damaraland scenery this morning.  We pass Namibia's highest mountain, the Brandberg (2573 m) and make our first stop of the morning in the small town of Uis, an old mining town, and one of the best places to buy semi-precious stones, for which Namibia is famous.  Here, rough Amethyst, Tourmaline etc can be found at bargain prices. From here we turn directly west and cross the gravel plains on our way to the Atlantic Ocean and the Skeleton Coast.  Meeting the ocean at Henties Bay, we first head north along the coast to visit the seal colony at Cape Cross.  Here at certain times of the year there can be as many as 100,000 Cape Fur seals in attendance. The next destination is Swakopmund, stopping for lunch en route and following the Skeleton Coast into Namibia's premier seaside town.

Swakopmund boasts a large range of restaurants and cafés, many of them specializing in fish dishes.  The local seafood is superb, taken straight from the icy Atlantic waters.  Tonight dinner is for the clients own account in a local restaurant.  Your guide will be able to recommend a venue. We also make the most of being back in a main centre by leaving the tents loaded and checking into holiday chalets.

Day twelve
Swakopmund – Sesriem (400 km) (BLD) (camping)

We first make a stop at Walvis Bay, situated about 40 km south of Swakopmund.  South of the town there is a large marine lagoon which is home to a vast array of marine bird-life, in particular flamingos.  We will make a short visit to the lagoon to see the birds and a short visit to Walvis Bay to collect any last minute supplies before once again heading out into the desert. The second part of our journey today takes us across more of the seemingly endless Namib gravel plains.  Then the landscape suddenly changes and we are into the mountain desert.  We traverse both the Kuiseb and Gaub passes, driving both times to the river beds at the bottom of the canyons and then climbing the long steep road to the top and the spectacular panoramas the mountains give us.

Again the scenery changes as we make our way down to the dune fields at Sesriem.  We cross some open grass savannah and farmlands before the terrain begins to give way to the immense red sand dune desert of the Namib.  We stop for lunch in the desert en route and arrive in Sesriem during the late afternoon. We have time to drive out to the nearby dunes to watch the colours on distant mountains to the east, glow and change.

Day thirteen
Sesriem – Sossusvlei – Sesriem (120 km) (BLD) (camping)

A pre-dawn start to see the sunrise in the dunes.  We drive a further 60 km into the desert and have our breakfast as the colours change and grow across the landscape. To reach Sossusvlei itself we walk for the last 5 km through the dunes.  The walk is like nothing else, in the cool of the morning, with soft sunlight just beginning to play over the dunes creating a sharp light and shadow contrast across the whole desert.  Ancient mineral pans, stunted camel horn trees and the chance of seeing a gemsbok or maybe an ostrich make the photo opportunities perfect.

We spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei, also visiting dune 45, and as the day wears on we return to Sesriem for lunch and to escape the heat of the afternoon.  As the day cools off in the late afternoon we will take a short excursion to the Sesriem Canyon. 

Day fourteen
Sesriem - Windhoek (450 km) (BL)

After breakfast we begin our journey, over the mountains and along scenic roads, back to Windhoek.  We will travel over the Naukluft Mountains and also the Khomas Hochland range, through beautiful Remhoogte Pass on our way back to civilization. We are due back into the city around 15:00 and you will be dropped off at your accommodation on our return.

Wild Dog Safaris
14 Day Delta and Dunes
Assisted Camping Safari

Guaranteed departures on Saturdays

It is strongly recommended that you purchase comprehensive personal travel insurance before you embark on your safari.  Travel insurance is for your own protection and we consider it to be an essential part of modern international travel. Maximum group size is 12 people, with no minimum number.  Transport will be in a specially converted “Pop Top” safari vehicle for improved game viewing. The style of safari is limited participation, you will be asked to assist put up and take down your own tent, however there will be a camp assistant to complete all the other campsite chores.  Your tour guide will do all the shopping, cooking and day-to-day organization of the safari.  Unless otherwise specified, all safaris will be conducted in English.

Safaris include:                                                                       Safaris exclude:

1.  All transport                                                                         1.  Sleeping bag (can be hired)

2.  Three meals a day (unless differently specified)                      2.  Alcoholic beverages

3.  Tap drinking water                                                               3.  Soft drinks

4.  Tea & coffee in camp                                                           4.  Personal travel insurance

5.  All camping equipment

6.  Park entrance fees                                                               Useful items to bring with you:

7.  Camping fees                                                                       1.  Two litre water bottle

8.  Professional guide                                                                2.  Torch

9.  Camp Assistant                                                                   3.  Towel

10. Pick up & drop off from accommodation in Windhoek        4.  Sun hat

We will collect you from your accommodation in Windhoek on the morning of departure.  Pick up time will be between 07:30 & 08:00. The tents are dome type, which are easy to assemble and your mattresses are approximately 5 cm thick with your own mattress cover, and everyone has a camp chair with a backrest. Clients are limited to one soft, barrel type bag per person with maximum weight of 15kg, one medium sized hand luggage bag, one medium sized camera bag and a sleeping bag.

We suggest a sleeping bag range of “3 – 4 season”.  Sleeping bags can be hired by prior arrangement for a cost of N$: 140.00 per 14 day trip.  When packing your clothing please be aware that Namibian summer temperatures (December - March) can reach 45*c, and winter temperatures (June - September) can be as low as -5*c.  The rainy season is between December and April. All evening meals on camping safaris, (unless stipulated), are cooked on an open fire by your guide.  Salads and fresh vegetables will be served where possible, but please note in some areas this is not necessarily every day.  Fresh fruit will also be supplied when possible. Vegetarians can be catered for but please notify us prior to safari departure. Namibia & Botswana are technically malarial areas and we recommend that you seek professional medical advice on malaria protection before travelling. Tap water in Namibia & Botswana has been purified or comes directly from boreholes and is safe to drink.  We supply tap drinking water but bottled mineral water is easily available at shops and rest camps should you prefer to drink this.  In the Okavango Delta we will have rustic ablution facilities including a bush shower and toilet.  We take our water directly from the river for washing and cooking purposes and if we need extra drinking water, we will use boiled river water.

The Namibian Dollar (N$) is tied permanently 1-1 to the South African Rand (SAR).  SAR, notes and coins are legal tender in Namibia.  In Botswana it will be necessary to carry some of the local “Pula” currency. Airport transfers and pre-and-post safari accommodation can be arranged on request. It is customary to tip in Namibia, usually, around 10% at restaurants.  Your guide and assistant can be tipped at your own discretion and for good service but we ask that the guide be tipped separately from your assistant.

Namibian Experience Safari 14 days
Departure Dates: on request
14 Day Namibian Experience (7 days south & 7 days north)
departs every Friday: Price: on request
Last day on Thursday

This safari has a guaranteed departure every Sunday of the year.  There are no minimum numbers and no single supplements.  The price is virtually fully inclusive, the style is limited participation, assisted camping.  Included in the price of the trip there are two accommodated nights, (day seven & day 13.  Collection time is between 07: 30 & 08:00 from anywhere within the Windhoek city limits. It is possible, due to operational convenience, that this itinerary will be operated in reverse.  In this instance clients would travel to Okonjima on day 1 and to the Quiver Tree Forest on day 8. Two of the world’s natural wonders, the Okavango Delta and the mighty Victoria Falls can also be included by combining this trip with our 8 day Delta and Falls Safari. 

Day one
Windhoek – Quiver Tree forest (500 km) (LD) (camping)

We start our long journey south on the main B1 highway, travelling through the thin strip of Kalahari Desert that protrudes onto the eastern side of Namibia.  Stopping at small towns along the way including Rehoboth, traditional home of the Baster people, we aim to arrive at the Quiver Tree Forest in the middle afternoon. Located just north of the southern centre of Keetmanshoop, (officially the sunniest town in the world), we make camp and have time to explore the area on foot. Quiver trees are not in fact trees, they are a type of aloe, (Aloe Dictoma), so called because the branches fork “dictomously”.  These weird looking plants dot the landscape in this part of the world and are locally common, however they are one of the world’s rarest flora species.

Day two
Quiver Tree Forest – Orange River Oasis (400 km) (BLD) (camping)

Before leaving the Keetmanshoop area we visit another local site of interest this morning, the Giants Playground”, an area filled with massively eroded granite rocks that are precariously balanced in tottering towers.  After a short stop in Keetmanshoop itself we continue south, leaving the main road far behind us and join the extensive network of gravel roads that unite rural Namibia. Arriving at Fish River Canyon in the early afternoon, we drive to the main look out where the views of need to be seen to be believed.  We can see the river sparkling in the sunlight far below us, and can barely imagine how many millennia it took for the forces of erosion to carve such a magnificent vista. Driving still further south, we travel all the way to the southern border with South Africa, the mighty Orange River.  Coming from the arid desert regions that have formed the landscape for most of our journey, it is an amazing sight to see green vegetation and bright ribbon of flowing water appear out of seemingly no-where. 

Day three
Orange River – Klein Aus Vista, southern Namib, (200 km) (BLD) (camping)

An easy drive this morning so we have a leisurely start.  There is time for a dip in the cool waters of the Orange, (very cold waters in the winter time).  Our road follows the scenic course of the river for the first part of the day’s journey before heading back into the desert and the beautiful landscapes that Namibian has to offer. Our route takes us past the zinc mines of Rosh Pinah where we will take a short break before arriving at our destination, the tiny town of Aus in the middle to late afternoon. We sleep tonight at Kline Aus Vista, a private reserve, beautifully located in the Aus Mountain Range, (Huib-Hoch-Plateau region). There is time to explore this stunning area on foot and to find a lofty perch in the mountains to watch the sun slip over the western horizon.

Day four
Klein Aus Vista – Luderitz – Klein Aus Vista (250km) (BD) (camping)

We are up with the dawn this morning for the short drive to Luderitz, we travel on the main road and keep a sharp look out for the unique Namib wild horses.  These horses are the only wild horses in Namibia and have, very unusually, become adapted to an existence with very limited water.  Where they originated from is un-clear, some people think they are the descendants of the horses used by the German cavalry during the First World War.  Another theory is that they originally came from a horse farm that used to be run by a German Barron, (von Wolff), in the very early colonial days. We arrive in Luderitz in time to join an optional extra excursion, a trip on an old wooden sailing ship, “The Sedina”.  We take a cruise around Luderitz bay and, weather permitting, to Halifax Island to see the Jackass Penguins.  If the weather conditions are suitable we turn off the engines come back to Luderitz under sail.
Straight after the Sedina trip we drive out to Kolmanskop, a desert ghost town about 20 km out of Luderitz.  It was built in the 1920's during the diamond rush and was abandoned when bigger and better diamonds were found further along the coast.  The area is still abandoned and the desert has encroached over the entire town, giving an eerie feeling and real meaning to the word “ghost”.
Lunch today is not included in the programme, this is to allow everybody as much flexibility with their time as possible and to give us the opportunity to sample some of the excellent local cafes. During the middle of the day there is time to explore Luderitz Town with its traditional German architecture and later we will take a drive out to Diaz Point to see the bird life, hopefully a few seals and the stone cross replica, originally erected by the Portuguese mariner Bartholomew Diaz. 

Returning to Klein Aus Vista in the late afternoon, the road takes us through the “forbidden Zone” so named because in years gone by, the alluvial diamonds found in Namibia were simply scattered across the desert and we again have time to enjoy sunset over the mountains. N.B:  The “Sedina” excursion is subject to availability and, if undertaken, will be for the clients own risk and expense. 

Day five
Klein Aus Vista - Sesriem (350km) (BLD) (camping)

Turning north, we once again head deep into the ancient southern Namib, travelling on small gravel roads and passing some tiny rural communities along the way.  The scenery is harsh, and sometimes forbidding.  The process of erosion in these areas is well advanced and we pass time rounded “koppies” arid terrain and outcrops of tortured rock. Our destination is Sesriem, the gateway to the sand dune see and one of the most remarkable landscapes on Planet Earth.  Tonight we are guarded by the massive sand dunes of the Namib to our west and the towering Naukluft Mountains to the east. We arrive in time to drive the short distance to one of the close by dunes to watch the colours on the distant mountains to the east, glow and change in the sunset.

Day six
Sesriem - Sossusvlei - Sesriem (150 km) (BLD) (camping)

A pre-dawn start to see the sunrise in the dunes.  We drive a further 60 km into the desert and have our breakfast as the colours grow across the landscape. To reach Sossusvlei itself we walk for the last 5 km through the dunes.  The walk is like nothing else, in the cool of the morning, with soft sunlight just beginning to play over the dunes creating a sharp light and shadow contrast across the whole desert.  Ancient mineral pans, stunted camel horn trees and the chance of seeing a gemsbok or maybe an ostrich make the photo opportunities perfect. We spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei, also visiting “dune 45”, and as the day wears on we return to Sesriem for lunch and to escape the heat of the afternoon.  As the day cools off in the late afternoon we will take a short excursion to the Sesriem Canyon.

Day seven
Sesriem - Windhoek (450 km) (BL)

After breakfast we begin our journey, over the mountains and along scenic roads, back to Windhoek.  We will travel over the Naukluft Mountains and also the Khomas Hochland Range, through beautiful mountain passes on our way back to civilization. We are due back into the city around 16:00 and you will be dropped off at your accommodation on our return.  This night’s accommodation is included in the price of the safari but dinner tonight will be for the client’s own account in a local restaurant.

Day eight
Windhoek – Okonjima (300 km) (LD) (camping)

You will be collected from your accommodation between 08:30 & 09:00.  We will travel north, stopping at small towns along the way including Okahandja, where we have time to visit Namibia’s largest wood carving market.  The market is operated on a local co-operative basis and is one of the best places to shop for truly Namibian souvenirs. Continuing north, passing through farmland, we aim to arrive at Okonjima during the middle afternoon, giving us time to set up our camp and to relax in the shade for a while before heading out on to the property to take part in the afternoon’s activities. Okonjima is the home of the Africat Foundation, a specialist conservation concern that centres its operations around the African Big Cats, particularly cheetah.  This afternoon you will be taken on a tour during which you will be able to meet, close-up-and-personal, some of the cheetah that are going through the Africat rehabilitation programme.  Most of the animals currently living at Okonjima have been rescued from various desperate situations, being orphaned or caught in a trap, and the aim of rehabilitation process is to attempt to re-introduce them into the wild. After our educational tour we will return our accommodation and prepare for dinner under the African stars. 

Day nine
Okonjima - Namutoni, Etosha National Park (300 km) (BLD) (camping)

An early start and continuing north we pass through some small towns, making short stops for fresh supplies and fuel.  Our first main port of call today is the mysterious Lake Otjikoto. Otjikoto is in fact Namibia's largest permanent natural lake and we take time here to rest a little and learn something about the history of this unusual landmark. Continuing on to Namutoni camp in Etosha National Park we again aim to arrive in time for lunch, giving us time to relax before heading out into the park during the cool of the late afternoon for our first game drive. 

After your evening meal there are still more chances to see Etosha's big game at Namutoni's floodlit waterhole.  Situated on the boundary of Namutoni and easily reachable on foot, elephants are regular visitors here and there is a good chance of seeing other species of game as well.

 

Day ten
Namutoni - Okaukuejo, Etosha National Park (BLD) (camping)

A full day's game driving.  We again leave early to enjoy the cool morning air as we game drive our way through Etosha to Halali camp, situated in the middle of the park.  Along the way we visit several waterholes and are afforded splendid views of the massive Etosha Pan.  The game viewing is usually excellent and we have the chance to tick off a few new species that are not normally seen on the Namutoni side of the park. We stop at Halali for a rest and a leisurely lunch.  There is time to visit the Halali waterhole and to make use of the swimming pool and bar facilities before continuing on our way and game driving down to Okaukuejo.
Okaukuejo is famous for its waterhole, which has been described as one of the "best game viewing opportunities in Southern Africa".  Situated on the doorstep of our accommodation, black rhino, elephant, lion and numerous species of antelope are usually seen. 

Day eleven
Okaukuejo – Oase Himba Village, Kamanjab (300 km) (BLD) (camping)

Leaving Etosha we begin our journey south with a relatively short drive to the small town of Kamanjab where we will make a short stop here before continuing on to find the Himba Tribesmen. This is the only traditionally functioning Himba community outside the far north Kaokoland region of Namibia These tribes-people have migrated here, lifestyle and customs intact, and are following their traditional way-of-life in their village on a farm.  Oase Village is located about 15 to 20 km outside Kamanjab, the exact location of the site varies as the Himba occasionally roam to a new location.  During the afternoon we will be invited into Oase Village and will meet with the locals. We will have a specialist guide for the time we are there, who will be able to translate for us and will introduce us to this “alternative lifestyle”.  We will learn about marriage customs, traditional food and the mysteries of the local religion, “Holy Fire”.

Day twelve
Oase Village – Brandberg Mountain (400 km) (BLD) (camping)

Today we head into one of the most beautiful desert regions in Namibia, Damaraland.  We drive south to the capital of this region, the small town of Khorixas, and then take a detour to the west, travelling via the Petrified Forest geological site, to visit the ancient Bushman rock engravings at Twyfelfontein.  At both these locations we will have local guides to conduct us on a short guided tour. From here we head deeper into the desert to Namibia’s highest mountain, The Brandberg, (2573 m).  Brandberg Mountain is an ancient Bushman spiritual site and tonight we will sleep under the shadow of this giant granite monolith.

Day thirteen
Brandberg Mountain – Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast (250 km) (BL) (chalet accommodation)

Starting early to enjoy the cool of the morning we will hike, “into” the mountain with our guide to see the world famous “White Lady” rock painting.  Attributed to the Bushman artists, the white lady panel is believed by some to be in excess of 20 000 years old. Back on the road for more beautiful Damaraland scenery.  We make our first stop in the small town of Uis, an old mining town, and one of the best places to buy semi-precious stones, for which Namibia is famous.  Here, rough Amethyst, Tourmaline etc can be found at bargain prices. From here we turn directly west and cross the “gravel plains” on our way to the Atlantic Ocean and the Skeleton Coast.  Meeting the ocean at Henties Bay, we first head north along the coast to visit the seal colony at Cape Cross.  Here at certain times of the year there can be as many as 100,000 Cape Fur seals in attendance.  The next destination is Swakopmund, following the Skeleton Coast into Namibia's premier seaside town.  We aim to arrive in the late afternoon giving us time to explore the town on foot before sunset.
Tonight we take the chance to sample one of the excellent restaurants.  The seafood in Swakopmund is superb.  Your guide will offer to organise a group meal in a local restaurant for this evening.  Participation is recommended but by no means required. Dinner this evening in not included in the price of the safari and will be for the client’s own account
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Day fourteen
Swakopmund - Windhoek (BL) (350 km)

The drive back to Windhoek today will take about 4 and a half hours.  We will only depart after lunch, giving us time to spend the morning relaxing in Swakopmund.  Swakopmund is a very pleasant seaside town with lots of shops, a good stretch of beach (although the Atlantic here is quite cold) and an open-air curio market.  There is also a very good museum and the Namibian National Marine Aquarium is located in Swakopmund.  Alternatively, there are various optional activities that can be arranged.  These include aeroplane and microlight flights over the desert, scenic drives, fishing trips (both from the beach or in a boat), four-wheel motorcycle (quad bike) trips into the desert and over the sand dunes around Swakopmund, sand boarding trips (also in the dunes), skydiving, surfing, bird-watching and many other activities are available. Your tour guide will discuss all the possible options with you before you reach Swakopmund and will offer to make bookings in advance of your arrival.  (N.B.  All extra activities and excursions in Swakopmund are subject to availability and are made at the clients’ own risk and expense).

This is the last day of our trip and after lunch we will transfer back to the capital city where you will be dropped off at your accommodation.  Tonight the accommodation is not included in the price of the safari. 

Wild Dog Safaris
14 Namibian Experience
Assisted Camping Safari

Guaranteed departures every Sunday of the year, all year.

It is strongly recommended that you purchase comprehensive personal travel insurance before you embark on your safari.  Travel insurance is for your own protection and we consider it to be an essential part of modern international travel. Maximum group size is 16 people, with no minimum number.  Transport for up to 8 people will be in a minibus and for 9 people and more in a Toyota bus / truck. The style of safari is limited participation, you will be asked to assist put up and take down your own tent, however there will be a camp assistant to complete all the other campsite chores.  Your tour guide will do all the shopping, cooking and day-to-day organization of the safari.  Unless otherwise specified, all safaris will be conducted in English.

Safaris include:                                                                       Safaris exclude:

1.  All transport                                                                         1.  Sleeping bag (can be hired)

2.  Three meals a day (unless differently specified)                     2.  Alcoholic beverages

3.  Tap drinking water                                                               3.  Soft drinks

4.  Tea & coffee in camp                                                          4.  Personal travel insurance

5.  All camping equipment

6.  Park entrance fees                                                               Useful items to bring with you:

7.  Camping fees                                                                       1.  Two litre water bottle

8.  Professional guide                                                                2.  Torch

9.  Camp Assistant                                                                   3.  Towel

10. Pick up & drop off from accommodation in Windhoek        4.  Sun hat

We will collect you from your accommodation in Windhoek on the morning of departure.  Pick up time will be between 07:30 & 08:00. The tents are dome type, which are easy to assemble and your mattresses are approximately 5 cm thick with your own mattress cover, and everyone has a camp chair with a backrest. Clients are limited to one soft, barrel type bag per person with maximum weight of 15kg, one medium sized hand luggage bag, one medium sized camera bag and a sleeping bag.

We suggest a sleeping bag range of “3 – 4 season”.  Sleeping bags can be hired by prior arrangement for a cost of N$: 140.00 per 14 day trip.  When packing your clothing please be aware that Namibian summer temperatures (December - March) can reach 45*C, and winter temperatures (June - September) can be as low as -5*C.  The rainy season is between December and April. All evening meals on camping safaris, (unless stipulated), are cooked on an open fire by your guide.  Salads and fresh vegetables will be served where possible, but please note in some areas this is not necessarily every day.  Fresh fruit will also be supplied when possible. Vegetarians can be catered for but please notify us prior to safari departure.

Namibia is a low risk malarial destination but we recommend that seek professional medical advice to enable you to make decisions on personal malaria protection. Tap water in Namibia has been purified or comes directly from boreholes and is safe to drink.  We supply tap drinking water but bottled mineral water is easily available at shops and rest camps should you prefer to drink this. Electrical plugs are 220 V and are 3 pin (round pin as opposed to square pin).  Adaptors can be purchased in Windhoek.  It is possible to re-charge batteries at some campsites. The Namibian Dollar (N$) is tied permanently 1-1 to the South African Rand (SAR).  SAR, notes and coins are legal tender in Namibia. Airport transfers and pre-and-post safari accommodation can be arranged on request. It is customary to tip in Namibia, usually, around 10% at restaurants. Your guide and assistant can be tipped at your own discretion for good service only, but we ask that the guide be tipped separately from your assistant.

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